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7/21/14 – 4:44 A.M.

A Fostoria man was killed in a fiery crash over the weekend. The Hancock County Sheriff?s Office reports two SUV?s collided at the intersection of Hancock County Road 23 and Washington Township Road 218, south of Fostoria, around 6 p.m. Saturday.

54-year-old Richard Bailey was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The second driver, 39-year-old Jody Fruth of Alvada, was taken to Fostoria Community Hospital. Two children in her car were also hospitalized.

Deputies have not been able to determine which way the SUV’s were going when the accident happened. The crash remains under investigation.


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7/19/14 – 11:05 A.M.

The new school year is right around the corner. With that in mind officials at the Hancock County Health Department want to make sure you aren’t waiting until the last minute to do your first assignment – getting your kids vaccinated. Their best advice is to make sure you schedule an appointment for children entering kindergarten or seventh grade as soon as possible.

To schedule an appointment with the health department, call (419)424-7869.

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7/18/14 – 10:51 A.M.

A group of area teachers recently returned from a month long trip to Japan. Riverdale third grade teacher Kristie Thacker was a member of the Hancock County entourage, and says the goal was to learn about ways to bring Japanese culture into local classrooms…

Audio: Kristie Thacker

The trips started as a way to help bridge cultural differences between Hancock County natives and Japanese families moving here to do business…

Audio: Kristie Thacker

Thacker says she’ll use items she bought at a Japanese market to not only teacher her kids about cultural differences, but also about converting dollars to yen.

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7/18/14 – 7:24 A.M.

A man arrested along with two Findlay murder suspects made a court appearance Thursday. The Courier reports a sentencing hearing for 22-year-old Darius Pullom was pushed back. Pullom has pleaded guilty to carrying a firearm inside a car. He was arrested with the two men accused of killing Joe Gutierrez III last year.

Pullom was in a car with Montre Robinson and Ralph Harris III when they were arrested last November. Police haven’t said if Pullom was with them at the time of the shooting.

Court officials want to make sure Pullom cooperates as witness against Harris and Robinson before his sentencing.

MORE: The Courier

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7/18/14 – 7:13 A.M.

The Fostoria Economic Development Corporation has a new director. Renee Smith will take the reins of the organization August 1. Smith has been a grant writer for the organization for the last two years. During that time she has submitted applications for grants responsible for bringing around $2 million back to the community.

Before working in Fostoria, Smith worked for nonprofit organizations in Findlay. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Findlay and has co-authored three books.

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7/18/14 – 6:50 A.M.

A regional water and sewer district serving all of Putnam County continues to move forward. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the steering committee settled on a name for the district this week. Once the district is completed, it will be known as the Black Swamp Regional Water and Sewer District. Members wanted a name that would still apply if it ever expanded beyond Putnam County.

Putnam County was given $100,000 from the state last year to do the ground work to form the water and sewer district. Now that the name has been established, the steering committee will find out what water services the towns and villages in the district offer.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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7/18/14 – 5:28 A.M.

At least four fire departments battled a fire in a North Baltimore factory Thursday night. North Baltimore, McComb, Allen Township and Liberty Township firefighters were all called to HPJ Industries at 510 West Broadway. The blaze broke out around 11:30 p.m.

There is no word of any injuries. The Hancock County fire departments that responded returned to their stations around 3 a.m. No other details were immediately available.

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7/18/14 – 5:21 A.M.

A Findlay man was found safe in Toledo after state authorities issued a missing adult alert for him Thursday night. 75-year-old George Bigelow went missing from his South Main Street home around 2 p.m. Authorities were concerned because Bigelow suffers from Dementia, and there was fear he could have been confused about where he was.

Fortunately authorities were able to cancel the alert about an hour after sending it out.

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7/18/14 – 5:11 A.M.

A Findlay man was injured when a car hit a bike south of McComb Thursday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened around 10:15 p.m. on Pleasant Township Road 235.

56-year-old Roger Fry was riding his bike north on Road 235 when he was hit from behind by a Honda CRV driven by 54-year-old Peng Chailee of Carey. Fry was wearing a helmet and had working lights on his bike. He was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries.


Chailee was cited for not maintaining an assured clear distance.

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